new hip and elbow reader
A new hip and elbow reader has been appointed.
Veterinary Clinical Science,
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
University, South St,
MURDOCH WA 6150
Notification of new reader
procedures for applying for hip and elbow status
form is to be issued by the State H.D./Elbow Dysplasia Registrar upon
payment of the required fee. To apply check with your state club Registrar -
Link to State Clubs.
The State Registrar fills out the form with the following details :
1. State Contract
2. Name of Dog
3. Tattoo Number of Dog.
4. Mark the reader who will be reading the x-rays.
The fees must be
paid at the time of application and the forms pertaining to that particular
animals x-rays and cannot be transferred under any circumstances. In
particular, note the special information below and the section below "
Information for Veterinarians at the time of X-ray".
Special Note To Applicants
from the National Breed Commission Chairman -
Mrs. Joylene M.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme Application Form. -
Breeders/owners should read the form and be aware of the declaration
that they are signing and its meaning. Please find the declaration
detailed below :
I hereby declare that:
a) The particulars
above are correct and relate to the dog submitted for radiographic
b) The radiograph
remains the property of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia
and will retained for further research by the University of Melbourne.
c) I understand that
this is a research program to improve German Shepherd Dogs in
d) The dog submitted
has not previously been submitted to the scheme or the dog has
previously been submitted and the HD Registrar No is
Signature of Owner.
The other declaration is signed by the Veterinarian and reads as follows
I certify that I have checked the dogs Tattoo Number and identified it
radiographically on the ray.
Signature of Vet.
problems are found with incorrectly identified x-rays and incorrect
tattoo numbers etc which are contrary to the Rules it means the
declaration was not adhered to and the animal will have to be
re-x-rayed. Owners should check that all of the information is correct,
when receiving a result on either the provisional result (pink sheet) or
the GSDCA certificate. By checking the information, it could save time
and embarrassment later when the animal is submitted for breed survey.
a new certificate needs to be issued it must be returned to the GSDCA
National Hip and Elbow Registrar prior to a new certificate being
All original paperwork must be brought to breed survey and checked by
the officiating Breed Surveyor. All Breed Surveyors should not take this
responsibility lightly, but should take time to carry out this ruling
for checking date of birth, Reg. Number, Tattoo Number and age at time
of x-ray etc. It would certainly save time for the National Breed
Commission Registrar and the National Breed Commission Chairman.
a breed survey if a problem or discrepancy is detected the animal should
be deferred until the next survey and, the Chairman of the National
Breed Commission should be notified.
conclusion, remember these points :
1. Check all paperwork when received and if an error is found please
contact the appropriate person immediately.
2. Be aware the only acceptable means of positive identification is the GSDCA tattoo or a
tattoo from a GSDCA recognised scheme for all breed improvement
schemes and certification.
3. If taking x-rays at
any time, which you may use at a later date for example as proof of
full dentition, ensure that the GSDCA tattoo number is identified
radiographically on the ray.
All of the Registrars can make mistakes, no one no matter how often
paperwork is checked errors can still be sometimes found. Those errors
can only be corrected if we are informed of them.
any breeders have any questions in regards to the requirements for the
GSDCA Breed Improvement Schemes please do not hesitate to contact me, I
would rather talk to you to deal with a query then have to ring later
with a problem.
I stated previously, I do not enjoy making discussions which adds extra
stress to owners of animals that participate in our schemes but I have
confidence that in future, breeders will be more conscientious in the
accurate recording of their breeding activity.
After all it is the breeders and owners of the German Shepherd Dog in
Australia that have undertaken the GSDCA Breed Improvement Schemes and
have shown an endeavour and responsibility to the German Shepherd Dog
and a tremendous commitment to attain their goals in breeding a
healthier and sounder German Shepherd Dog.
instructions to be given to veterinarian at time
to the Veterinarian should be highlighted to be clearly visible.
Please print and take the following two forms to your
Veterinarian when x-raying:
Requirements for Veterinarians at x-ray Please note motion re labelling:
Labelling of X-Rays
CORRECT LABELLING OF X-RAYS SUBMITTED FOR THE GSDCA HIP AND ELBOW DYSPLASIA
submitted for assessment in the Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control
Scheme must be
identified RADIOGRAPHICALLY with all of the following:
a) the dogs GSDCA tattoo
b) the date
c) right or left marker
d) the dogs name
Incorrectly labelled films will not be accepted for reading and will be
returned to the
Veterinarian/Owner for the animal to be re x-rayed.
The only accepted means of identification is the GSDCA
tattoo or a tattoo number from a GSDCA recognised scheme. The onus is on the
Veterinarian to ensure that the animals comply with the requirements of the
GSDCA scheme. If there is no tattoo number on the x-ray plate, then that
animal must be re-x-rayed.
Please Note: That no attached labels or microchip numbers will be
accepted as means of positive identification.
CORRECT POSITION OF ANIMALS TO BE X-RAYED FOR THE GSDCA HIP AND ELBOW
DYSPLASIA CONTROL SCHEME
HD X-ray - One view of the
dogs pelvis is to be taken under general anaesthesia. A high quality
radiograph is required and any incorrectly exposed or poorly positioned
films will not be read but returned for re-x-raying. The radiograph should
be repeated at the veterinarians expense. The view of the x-ray must be :
View: Extended Ventro-Dorsal
No other view will be
accepted for assessment. The radiograph should cover an area from the iliac
crest to the stifle joint. The femora should be parallel to each other and
the stifles rotated inward so that the patellae lie in the centre of the
trochleae of the femora, Care should be taken to ensure that the pelvis is
square and the femora are parallel to the cassette.
Elbow X-ray - A fully flexed
lateral view taken from the medial to the lateral. The onus is on the
Veterinarian to ensure the animal complies with the requirements of the
GSDCA Hip and Elbow Control Schemes. It is also the responsibility of the
Veterinarian to sign the declaration of the Hip and Elbow Application form
that states :
I certify that I have
checked the Dogs Tattoo number and identified it radiographically on the
Note: The only
acceptable means of positive identification is the GSDCA tattoo number or a GSDCA
hip and elbow certificate
Once the Hip and Elbow x-rays have come back from the
GSDCA's reader, a certificate is issued to the owner of the dog,
explaining the scores achieved.
The certificate also carries the GSDCA 'A' stamp and the
'Z' stamp to indicate that the dog has passed the Hip Dysplasia and
Elbow Dysplasia Schemes (see certificate).
appeal system for gsdca hip dysplasia and elbow
dysplasia control schemes
The following procedures to
appeal a result in the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control
1. Contact the National
2. Payment forwarded to the
National H.D/Elbow Registrar for the amount of the required fee.
3. National H.D./Elbow
Registrar to request the x-rays to be forwarded to the National H.D/Elbow
Registrar from the reader concerned.
4. X-rays forwarded with payment to the Adjudicator Radiologist.
5. Results returned to the National H.D./Elbow Registrar
6. National H.D./Elbow
Registrar informs the owner of the animals the result.
The animal receives the best
possible result. That means if an animal receives an A borderline and then
by appeal receives a Failure, the A borderline stands.
RULES FOR RESUBMISSIONS IN THE GSDCA HIP DYSPLASIA CONTROL SCHEME
X-ray plates of animals that
are re-submitted for assessment must adhere to the following :
1. Resubmit of the second
plate to the reader of choice.
2. If there is a less than 6
point discrepancy then the benefit of doubt shall go to the dog.
3. If there is a greater than
6 point difference in the total score, then the matter shall be
adjudicated by sending the two sets of plates to the current appeals
adjudicators. That decision will be final.
It should be noted that if
the x-ray is being re-submitted due to tilted x-ray and is returned to the
same reader then no payment is required when the new form is purchased.
If the x-ray is being
re-submitted to a different reader for a second assessment then the form
must be purchased and paid for.
The required fee for an appeal in 2011 is $100.
publication of hip and
The Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme results
are published each year in the Breed Survey Book (see
Breed Survey section).
The Hip Dysplasia Registrar
will pass on all the required information to Canine Controls for those
animals that have achieved an A stamp classification. Fails will only be passed on
if the animal is to be bred with and on the requirement of the Canine
At the National Breed
Commission Meeting each year a list of progeny result will be presented for
the Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme.
Links for current results of hip and elbow data collected :
November/December 2013 HD and ED Statistics
1 Progeny results for sires 10_19 GSDCA HD Control Scheme
2 Progeny results for sires 20plus_GSDCA HD Control Scheme
3 Current Sires_Progeny results GSDCA HD Control Scheme
1 GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Progeny Results_via
2 GSDCA Elbow Progeny Result_Sires via percentage of normal_December 2013
3 GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Progeny Results_via current
4 GSDCA Current sires according to percentage of normals_30112013
5 Females _GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Results_November 2013
6 Females_GSDCA ED Control Scheme Results_November 2013 percentage of
November 2012 HD and ED Statistics
2012 HD and ED Statistics
Scheme, Sires Results June 2012 Sires with 20+ Progeny
HD Scheme, Sires Results June 2012, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
ED Scheme Results, June 2012. Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by
ED Scheme Results, June 2012 Sires with more than10 Progeny (by
percentages of normals)
Dams ED Scheme Results, June 2012. Dams with more than 10 Progeny (by
Dams ED Scheme Results, June 2012 Dams with more than10 Progeny (by
percentages of normals)
November 2011 HD and ED Statistics
HD Scheme, Sires Results November 2011 Sires with 20+ Progeny
Scheme, Sires Results November 2011, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
ED Scheme Results, November 2011. Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by
ED Scheme Results, November 2011 Sires with more than10 Progeny (by
percentages of normals)
2011 HD and ED Statistics
HD Scheme, Sires Results 2011 Sires with 20+ Progeny
Scheme, Sires Results 2011, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
GSDCA ED Scheme Results, 2011. Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by
ED Scheme Results, 2011 Sires with more than10 Progeny (by
percentages of normals)
hip dysplasia control scheme medals (for breeders)
The German Shepherd Dog
Council of Australia award gold, silver and bronze medallions to kennels
that have supported the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia Control Scheme.
The National Hip Dysplasia Registrar verifies these awards
and the awards are presented each year at the National Show and Trial.
The awards are available to
all Kennels in Australia and also to Kennels overseas who participate in the
GSDCA Hip Dysplasia Scheme, (i.e. New Zealand and
Gold - Kennels that have
50 A stamp animals.
Silver - Kennels that have
25 A stamp animals
Bronze - Kennels that have
10 A stamp animals
The kennels being awarded
the Hip Dysplasia Control Scheme Medals are published in the National
Magazine following their presentation.
comparison of the gsdca elbow scheme with
the sv scheme
further reading on hip dysplasia
For further reading on hip and elbow dysplasia see the Veterinary
Information page - Veterinary Information -